A Memorial Service has been arranged for the public to pay their respects to the legendary Johnny Clegg on Friday July 26, at 12h30 at The Sandton Convention Centre. The country and fans around the world mourned the passing of Johnny Clegg, aged 66, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on the July 16, at his family home.

Admission to the Memorial Service is free but in order to reserve a seat those wanting to attend should collect a ticket at any Computicket outlet from 9am on Sunday, July 21. There will also be an unreserved standing area.

Johnny Clegg leaves deep foot prints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African. He showed many what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity. An anthropologist that used his music to speak to every person. With his unique style of music he traversed cultural barriers like few others. In many he awakened awareness.

Johnny Clegg was born on 7 June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire England and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa with his Rhodesian mother when he was 6 years old. His exposure to Zulu migrant workers during adolescence introduced him to the culture and music. His involvement with black musicians often saw him arrested during Apartheid.

At the age of 17, together with Sipho Mchunu they formed their first band called Juluka. At the age of 33 in 1986 during the height of Apartheid he partnered with Dudu Zulu to form his second inter-racial band called Savuka. Johnny Clegg also recorded several solo albums and enjoyed international success selling out concerts wherever he performed.

Apart from lecturing at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal respectively, Johnny Clegg studied anthropology and combined his studies with music. He was awarded by a number of local and international bodies for his contribution to music and society notably by the French Government in 1991 with a Knight of Arts and Letters, and in 2015 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 2012 he received the Order of Ikhamanga from the South African government. He was awarded a number of Honorary doctorates by the Universities of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Dartmouth College in the United States and the City University of New York.

He authored and published the book “UkuBuyisa Isidumbu” (1981, Ravan Press), and presented papers on “The Music of Zulu Immigrant Workers in Johannesburg” in 1981 at the Grahamstown International Library of African Music and “Towards an understanding of African Dance: The Zulu Isishameni Style” in 1982 at Rhodes University.

Johnny Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 but despite fighting cancer continued to tour and perform around the world to pay homage to his fans worldwide. Johnny Clegg is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny and their two sons Jesse and Jaron.

Johnny Clegg’s family have asked that any donations be made to The Click Foundation through the Friends of Johnny Clegg campaign instead of sending or laying flowers. Details can be found here:

Johnny Clegg was laid to rest in a private ceremony on July 17 in Johannesburg.

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